UN Expresses Concern Over Tiny Progress In Torture Prevention In Lebanon

The United Nations on Thursday said that little progress was made in prevention of torture in Lebanon, and expressed concern over prolonged pre-trail detonation, and deplorable living conditions in places of deprivation of liberty.

Head of Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) Delegation to Lebanon, Nika Kvaratshkelia said that twelve years passed since their recommendation to the government but no substantial impact made on the situation of people deprived of their liberty.

Kvaratshkelia said they visited Lebanon from 4 to 10 May to assess the country’s implementation of the recommendations it had made following an initial visit in 2010.

“Other objectives of the visit were to establish direct contact with the recently established national monitoring body, and advice on measure to protect people deprived of liberty, safeguard them against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” SPT said in a statement.

The delegation visited detention centers and government officials in unannounced visits and also met with the members of the national preventive mechanism, civil society representatives and UN agencies.

Kvaratskhelia expressed serious concern over prolonged human rights abuses, suggesting establishment of “an independent, well-resourced and properly functioning national preventive mechanism is key to preventing torture and ill-treatment,” in the country.

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